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Thames Waterside Bar & Grill, Bristol, RI

Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

4.4
4.4
845 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Thames Waterside Bar & Grill specializes in seafood dishes. Along with lobster rolls, crab cakes and grilled salmon, you can also choose from an array of American classics such as burgers, pizza and nachos. Its full-service bar provides beer, wine and cocktail options that include sangrias, margaritas and a signature rum punch. Offering a relaxing ambience, Thames Waterside Bar & Grill provides picturesque views of Narragansett Bay and Bristol Harbor. Dine indoors or outdoors on its spacious deck or rooftop. At times, live music and entertainment are also featured in the bar area. Thames Waterside Bar & Grill is open for lunch, dinner and latenight meals.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–1:00 am

  • Phone number

    (401) 253-4523

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ben Wachter

  • Neighborhood

    Bristol, Rhode Island

  • Cross street

    State St

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 845 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great. The service was great. I highly recommend this restaurant
  2. RM

    RichM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great location with great service. Food was OK had grilled chicken on salad and was extremely dry
  3. DH

    DougH

    New England

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Very loud table near us, hard to have a conversation without screaming at each other. Two of us ordered the Fish Sandwich, both came out extremely dark, oil change? One of the sandwiches was 3/4 coating, 1/4 actual fish. Cajun fries were regular fries with Cajun spice “dumped” on, not what I was expecting, and they were not warm… We usually are very pleased here, but not this time!
  4. SS

    ShanaS

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Food was extremely disappointing. The lobster in the lobster mac and cheese was extremely chewy and the shrimp and chicken Mozambique was not good. The chicken in the Mozambique was not fresh and definitely frozen, also the dish came with 3 shrimp and all piled in a bowl (French fries and all). Chowder was also served Luke warm.
  5. CL

    CarolL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The baked haddock was so good, cooked perfectly and so fresh. Fish & chips also outstanding. Large portions on both these dishes We always enjoy the dining experience here, the view is gorgeous, staff is great and can always count in a great meal!
  6. BD

    BonniD

    New England

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The place to go to watch the sunset on the water. Fun pub food. Great service A neighborhood gem
  7. LD

    LynnD

    New England

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Better experience this time around. Better service and better preparation of food. Add those to the view and we had a great experience!
  8. MB

    MrsB

    New England

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was very prompt and efficient, the food was delicious and you can’t beat the view of the ocean. It was a beautiful day & the first time we had been there but will definitely be going back !
  9. R

    Rich

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    The location is superb which allows them to serve mediocre food at higher than average prices. This is more a bar with bar quality food rather than a pleasant dining experience. $16 for a standard martini is way more than other area restaurants.
  10. MP

    MichaelP

    New England

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I’ll never return. Horrible Service and average food.
  11. r

    robertg

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Beautiful views Decent food Great service A little pricey post Covid
  12. WM

    WendyM

    New England

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Dine there often- all seasons. The portions have gotten so skimpy and prices are a little high especially for the portions we received.
  13. MC

    MarkC

    New England

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chowder and fried clam roll was excellent. Service was very good.
  14. HB

    HollyB

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thames Waterside never disappoints. We drive about 50 minutes 3-4 times each summer to dine at this lovely restaurant by the water.. We love the atmosphere and the food. Not super touristy or overly crowded like in Newport. Nice cozy atmosphere. Haven’t had a meal with didn’t like. Service is always fantastic too. Can’t wait to come back again.
  15. EK

    ElinK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    This restaurant was right on the waterfront and under a canopy. Our waitress was very attentive and came to our table immediately - the food was excellent and served rather fast. There was some spice that I didn't care for on my sandwich, but I still ate everything! The prices were very comparable to what the nearby locals were charging. After we left and walked around we heard a gentleman signing and noticed that he was at the restaurant (on the rooftop) we just left - great voice - nice music!
  16. DO

    DebbieO

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great water view! Everyone enjoyed their meal - great service. They had a band upstairs; we went to the rooftop deck for music and dancing afterwards!
  17. WR

    WhitneyR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    We had people behind us that just kept swearing and no regard for anyone around them
  18. DH

    DeniseH

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location and food was fresh. I will definitely go back.
  19. L

    Linkl2000

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! Amazing view! Meghan and great service made our visit extra fun! ☀️
  20. RN

    tiRN

    New England

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great location, outdoor dining with a spectacular view. Came for dinner on a Wednesday. Made reservations day before and did not have to wait. Waiter Matt was awesome, very friendly and attentive. Hostess was very friendly and helpful. Wait staff were also very good. Given waters right away. Tables were clean. Did not wait too long for food. Apps and food were good. Would recommend.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We were on vacation for a long weekend in Providence and took the ferry to Bristol for the day. We loved Thames Waterside B & G. Great ambiance, excellent service and beautiful views of Bristol Harbor. My husband and I both had the shrimp scampi. This restaurant is total 100% New England charm!
  22. LD

    LynnD

    New England

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    The ambience and view will always be top notch. Food would have been great if it didn't come out cold. Our waitress appeared to be annoyed and slightly rude from time to time. While we tried to ignore the negative aspects, it's frustrating paying a super high restaurant bill and getting not so great service and cold food in return.
  23. L

    Lizzie

    New England

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    The location is perfect. Patio dining with beautiful water views that you can’t beat. The service was outstanding. The food was just okay for the high price tag. Will we go again? Definitely!
  24. C

    Classless

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great covered deck over looking Bristol Harbor. My friend had a Greek salad that was huge. Scallops in. Bacon were tasty. I will go back on a beautiful day in the fall!
  25. B

    Becca

    New England

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    This is my go to in Bristol. It has a nice variety of food choices. The atmosphere is casual and comfortable and the seating is on outdoor waterside covered deck. You can’t beat that if you want to be near the water. If they have music upstairs you can hear the band without it being too loud.
  26. JJ

    JandJ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We Loved the atmosphere. Steak Tips were awesome!! Drinks were Great!! Service was quick and attentive! Plenty of staff!
  27. LA

    LindaA

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Location location location Venue is ideal for a group get together. Family visiting from California love this restaurant for great food selection and drinks. The staff went out of their way for my elderly mom and other patrons were so respectful. Simply put “a lovely gem”
  28. VB

    ValerieB

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    The waitstaff was great. We ordered drinks and appetizers first. Then ordered our main meal. The meal came out before we were finished with our apps and wasn’t hot prior to finishing our apps. Although a little disappointing the food was good. We just felt pressured to move along. The establishment wasn’t full; however I felt they were trying to push their clientele along.😕! Hats off to the waitstaff; they were kind and apologetic. Drinks were great overall place was good. Wish we could take a page from Europe and relax a bit. Would still recommend.
  29. RW

    RayW

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From seafood to burgers - never had a bad meal there. Sitting right by the water is a plus.
  30. JJ

    JamesJ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Also great view of Bristol Harbor from the patio. Overall, a wonderful experience.
  31. AS

    AllanS

    New England

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    3 beers one app two sandwiches 105 dollars WOW very expensive afternoon lunch
  32. R

    Rhys

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Went on a first date. We were sat on the back patio right near the water. Beautiful view. The only downside was it was VERY windy. Menus, napkins etc would blow off the table if not being held down by a glass or plate. However you do have the option of pulling down a clear screen if you so choose so if it really bothers you then you can still enjoy the view without the breeze. Our server was very attentive and knowledgeable. Great service. The food was great as well. We only had apps and a drink. The clams and the bacon wrapped scallops. We each got a signature cocktail which we enjoyed. Overall great experience would definitely recommend.
  33. DP

    DavidP

    New England

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    New England clam chowder, way to much ham in it, Clam cakes were over cooked and rubbery. Seems like more like bar food then a destination stop.
  34. SR

    SteveR

    New England

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Service was not good. Waited long time for anything. Order was wrong server didn’t even recognize it. Food was poor no taste especially for the price wasn’t worth it
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Brought guests in from out of town. To experience RI fun and food. Called and asked in advance to be on water to dine. 5:00 reservations- we arrived told no we could not sit on the water - very disappointing- 3 tables Sat unoccupied on the water as we dined. I was very unhappy. I will not bring my guests here again. Drinks were very expensive and not great. I know food is expensive now- but way overpriced!
  36. KS

    KenS

    New England

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food great service great view
  37. MT

    MarkT

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thames Waterside is a great little spot on the bay. Clean, quick service and great food!
  38. C

    Carol

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect! The food was amazing, service and ambiance.
  39. JB

    JeanineB

    New England

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4
    Sadly, the $40 lobster roll had no taste and the burger that was ordered medium came out well done. On a positive note, the service was amazing!
  40. G

    marissaG

    New England

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The scenery was nice and waitress was amazing. The food was okay the drinks very weak. But overall had a good time.

FAQs

Thames Waterside Bar & Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 845 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Google Map for Thames Waterside Bar & Grill

251 Thames St, Bristol, RI 02809

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    State St

  • Neighborhood

    Bristol, Rhode Island

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:30 am–1:00 am

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Ben Wachter

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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